Jennifer Vanderlaan, Ph.D., MPH, CNM, FNP

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Jennifer Vanderlaan joined the UNLV School of Nursing in 2019 and serves as an Assistant Professor. She is trained as a midwife and family nurse practitioner, and previously provided continuing education for midwives in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America.


Dr. Vanderlaan specializes in the fields of Health Services Research, Maternal Health, Health Policy, and Midwifery Workforce.

Classes Taught

Dr. Vanderlaan teaches pathophysiology and pharmacology in the Master’s program.

Education Background

Dr. Vanderlaan earned her PhD and her Master's in Nursing as Family Nurse Midwife from Emory University School of Nursing.  She also has a Master’s of Public Health in Global Health from Emory University School of Public Health.  She earned her BSN from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York and has two BS degrees from Michigan State University in Physiology and Psychology, respectively.

Research or Scholarship

Dr. Vanderlaan researches maternal health from a health systems perspective, integrating clinical outcomes, health economics, and health policy to identify ways to improve access to quality maternal care. Her recent projects explore regionalization of maternal care, effects of childbirth education, and the use of hydrotherapy for pain management during labor and delivery.

Awards, recognitions, or group affiliations

Dr. Vanderlaan was recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses in 2015 and currently serves as the chair of the Lamaze International Research Workgroup.

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